14 Days: 19 July - 1 August 2019|From $7,940 per person (No single supplement applies.)

Sri Lankan Discovery

Private Tour

A group tour of Sri Lanka for solo women travellers. Discover Sri Lanka on a hosted group tour that includes unique experiences and accommodation ranging from personal to luxurious. Featuring gentle walking tours, cooking class with a local host, tea plantation visit, boat safari, the country’s best UNESCO world heritage sites and a luxury beach stay. Visit Colombo, Sigiriya, Galle, Gal Oya National Park, the tea country and Kandy, and stay in a luxury heritage hotel, a boutique eco lodge, a 5-star beach resort and a colonial tea estate with tented lodges. This two-week tour has been crafted especially for solo women travellers wanting to discover Sri Lanka with the comfort and support of a group tour and the company of like-minded travellers. Hosted by Melbourne-based Glenda McMillan-Andersson from destination specialist Sri Lanka Unbound - an Australian based expert in travel to Sri Lanka.
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HIGHLIGHTS :

  • Stay at Galle Face Hotel – a Colombo landmark and heritage masterpiece
  • Discover Colombo with a guided city walk and afternoon sightseeing
  • See the UNESCO world-heritage listed Golden Temple of Dambulla
  • Visit the magnificent Sigiriya Rock Fortress – a UNESCO site and one of Sri Lanka’s top attractions
  • Experience the`Story of Tea’ with a plantation walk and tea tasting
  • Two-night plantation stay at the beautiful Madulkelle Tea & Eco Lodge
  • Uncover the secrets of Sri Lankan cuisine with a hands-on cooking class
  • Visit the much-revered Buddhist Temple of the Sacred Tooth in Kandy
  • Explore Kandy with a tour of the British Garrison Cemetery and afternoon village walk
  • Boat safari at Gal Oya National Park and bird walk
  • Unwind with a two night beach stay at a 5-star resort in Tangalle
  • Stay inside the historic port city of Galle Fort and guided city walk
  • Tour date: 19 July - 1 August 2019
  • A group tour of Sri Lanka for women travellers

IDEAL FOR :

Solo Women travellers wanting to discover Sri Lanka with the comfort and support of a group tour and with the company of like minded-travllers.

1ARRIVE COLOMBO

Arrive Colombo – Sri Lanka’s biggest city and also its capital. Transfer to the iconic Galle Face Hotel, a 150-year-old heritage hotel and landmark of the city.

2COLOMBO

Explore Colombo today with a gentle walking tour and city sightseeing. First, our resident expert guide, Mark Forbes, will introduce the buildings, bustling markets, and street snacks of Colombo on a city walk filled with anecdotes and stories. Later, a city tour will highlight Colombo’s major landmarks from Galle Face Green to the Old Parliament and the city’s temples.

3COLOMBO – SIGIRIYA

Drive to Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle and visit the Golden Temple of Dambulla, considered to be the largest and best preserved cave temple complex in the country and one of Sri Lanka’s eight UNESCO world heritage sites. In the afternoon, enjoy an optional village walk or bullock cart ride from the hotel.

4SIGIRIYA

Rise early to visit the Rock Fortress of Sigiriya, also known as Lion Rock. Make the energetic climb to the top of the rock for panoramic views of the surrounding countryside should you wish and marvel on the way up at the breathtaking cave frescoes. Afternoon at leisure.

5SIGIRIYA – MADULKELLE

Head to Sri Lanka’s tea country for a two-night stay at Madulkelle Tea & Eco Lodge – a plantation stay nestled on a picturesque tea estate with views of the Knuckles Mountain Ranges. Stay in raised, secluded eco-lodges with breathtaking views of the ranges. The afternoon is free to relax, perhaps enjoying a cup of tea grown in the area.

6MADULKELLE

Discover the `Story of Tea’ from plantation to teacup on this guided walk and tour. Learn about tea cultivation and harvest, visit a local tea factory and put your taste buds to the test with a tea tasting session.

7MADULKELLE - KANDY

Drive to Kandy. Explore the British Garrison Cemetery with a guided tour and visit the much-revered world-heritage listed Temple of the Sacred Tooth at the end of the day.

8KANDY

Uncover the secrets of Sri Lankan recipes during a cooking class followed by lunch, led by our welcoming host Suzy in her traditional kitchen with wood fire stove and clay pots. Explore the small temples and villages outside of Kandy during a gentle afternoon walking tour called Paddy & Pagoda Promenade.

9KANDY - GALY OYA

Depart for Gal Oya National Park – an undiscovered gem in Sri Lanka – and the only park in the country where you can safari by boat. Stay at Gal Oya Lodge in private bungalows set in the natural grasslands. Gal Oya Lodge is one of our top places to stay in Sri Lanka.

10GAL OYA

Rise early for a morning boat safari with a picnic breakfast. Look for elephants, birds and crocodiles during the three-hour boat safari. In the afternoon, join one of the lodge’s expert naturalists on a gentle bird walk.

11GAL OYA - TANGALLE

Drive to Tangalle and discover Sri Lanka’s beautiful coast and beaches. Spend two nights along the southernmost coastline, staying at a five-star resort set amidst a coconut plantation with glorious ocean views and beach access.

12TANGALLE

A full day at leisure to enjoy Sri Lanka’s beautiful coast and your luxury resort. Take advantage of the beach at your doorstep with a morning walk, enjoy the hotel pools or pamper yourself with a spa treatment at the resort spar. (Direct payment.) A time to stop and pause during your holiday in Sri Lanka for solo women travellers.

13TANGALLE – GALLE

Drive to Galle – a world-heritage city surrounded by an impressive rampart wall and bursting with history. Stay inside the walled city and discover Galle Fort with a gentle afternoon walk led by our local guide and character, Shanjei.

14GALLE – COLOMBO

Explore Galle on your own with a full day at leisure - Galle is an easy and pleasant place to discover on foot. Visit the city’s many boutiques, cafes and artisan workshops. In the evening, transfer to Colombo airport and depart.

Testimonials

All services were first class.’’

Prices & Inclusions

A mix of styles

  • Tour runs 19 July – 1 August 2019 $7,940 per person^

This price is based on low and peak season price fluctuations.

A mix of styles

  • Tour runs 19 July - 1 August 2019 $7,940 per person^

This price is based on low and peak season price fluctuations.

Inclusions

Included:

  • Accommodation in a single room including all breakfasts
  • Tour accompanied from Colombo by Glenda McMillan-Andersson
  • English-speaking National guide accompanying the tour throughout
  • Welcome dinner at Galle Face Hotel Colombo and Farewell dinner at Fort Bazaar Galle
  • Dinners at Amaara Forest Hotel
  • All transfers, touring and sightseeing by an air-conditioned mini-coach
  • Entrance fees at sightseeing places as indicated in the itinerary, plus:
  • In Colombo: guided walking tour with Mark Forbes (or associate)
  • At Madulkelle: ‘Story of Tea’ tour
  • In Kandy: ‘Tales of the Dead’ Garrison Cemetery visit; cooking class at The Kandyan Manor; and ‘Paddy & Pagoda Promenade’ walk
  • At Gal Oya: nature walk; and boat safari into Gal Oya National Park
  • In Galle: guided walking tour with Shanjei
  • Tips
  • Mineral water in vehicle throughout the tour
  • Assistance on arrival and departure at airports
  • Sri Lankan Government Taxes

Not Included:

  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, communications, etc
  • Meals other than those specified as included
  • Photographic and video permits
  • Visa fees and Electronic Travel Authorization

Inclusions/exclusions vary from tour to tour. A complete list of inclusions and exclusions will be given when a full itinerary and price quote is given.

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